By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 1:16pm EDT
Benny Cunningham rushed 4 times for 27 yards (6.8 YPC) and caught 1 pass for 8 yards in the Rams' 34-7 loss to the Chiefs in week 8.
Fantasy Impact: Despite a very good YPC number, Cunningham just doesn't get the volume to make it worthy of a roster spot in most fantasy leagues. Also, despite his status as the preferred passing-down back, he is not helped in the boxscore department. All St. Louis backs can be relegated to the waiver wire until they decide to abandon this committee approach.
By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Thu, Oct 23rd 12:16am EDT
Rams' coach Jeff Fisher said on Monday that the division of carries among the running backs will be a week-to-week thing. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Perhaps St. Louis is trying to install a committee approach similar to Indianapolis. Picture Cunningham playing the role of Bradshaw and Mason playing the role of Richardson. The problem is that, unlike Indianaplis, St. Louis doesn't generate enough offensive production for two fantasy-worthy backs on a week-to-week basis. For now, the edge may have to go to Cunningham, as like Bradshaw, he is the passing-down back and the third-down back. He's also the back on the field in comeback mode, which the Rams find themselves in quite a lot, and he also runs back punts and kicks. Consider him a low-end flex for the time being.
By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 1:46am EDT
Benny Cunningham rushed twice for 3 yards but led all Rams in receiving with 5 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 28-26 victory over Seattle.
Fantasy Impact: The Rams' backfield continues to come into better focus. Cunningham runs back punts and kicks and is the passing-down back. This is his third straight week with a touchdown. He will have a role in the backfield along with Tre Mason now that Zac Stacy is out of the picture. He should be a good bet for continued production down the line and his role as a pass protector should continue. He should be rostered as an RB3 for the time being and can be useful in a flex position.
By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Sat, Oct 18th 12:28pm EDT
St. Louis offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has confirmed that the Rams will use multiple backs in games. "Early in the game, we try to get guys multiple touches (and) then we try to go with the hot hand late in the game. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fantasy Impact: The back to own right now in fantasy is Cunningham. He runs back punts and kicks, and he is the preferred passing down back and goal-line back. That gives him the best opportunity for a touchdown. It's not a good opportunity, but it's the best right now. That may change as the season goes on.
By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Wed, Oct 15th 12:15am EDT
Benny Cunningham rushed 7 times for 21 yards (3.0 YPC) and a touchdown and caught two passes for 12 yards in the Rams' 31-17 loss to the 49ers on Monday night. He played on 51% of St. Louis offensive snaps, more than any other RB.
Fantasy Impact: If there's a back to own in this RB quagmire nightmare, it may be Cunningham at this point. He is the preferred passing down back and he also appears to be the preferred goal-line back. He vultured a touchdown from Zac Stacy this week, and last week if you'll remember. With so many backs and not enough offense, no member of the St. Louis running back corps may be worthy of starting in any fantasy league. Cunningham may be the best choice because he has the best chance of a touchdown.
By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Tue, Oct 7th 1:53pm EDT
Rams' backup RB Benny Cunningham rushed 7 times for 47 yards (6.7 YPC) and caught 3 balls for 24 additional yards in the Rams' 34-28 loss to Philadelphia. He also scampered 14 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter after starter Zac Stacy left with a leg injury and played on 54% of the snaps in the game.
Fantasy Impact: Cunnigham's usage was skewed primarily due to Stacy's injury, but he still looks like the better back even through five weeks. As the team moves toward a more pass-friendly scheme out of necessity, Cunningham could become the preferred back for the coaches. I would say pick him up, but his upcoming schedule is brutal, next week at home against San Francisco and their stifling run defense on a Monday night, and the following week against Seattle. Go ahead and add Cunningham if you can, but continue to look for better flex options on other teams as well.
By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Wed, Sep 24th 12:00am EDT
Benny Cunningham carried nine times for 29 yards and caught one ball for 5 yards in the Rams' 34-31 loss to Dallas.
Fantasy Impact: Though the Rams used Cunningham on pass plays, on third downs, and late in the game at the goal line on a passing touchdown, his total usage did not warrant fantasy satisfaction. He continues to show well but not often, so just keep your eye on him for the time being...he's not a fantasy option at the moment.
By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Wed, Sep 17th 3:30am EDT
Benny Cunningham carried 6 times for 15 yards, and caught 1 pass for 4 yards in Sunday's tilt with the Bucs.
Fantasy Impact: Zac Stacy got 3 times as many carries, so it looks like Cunningham may be going back to his role as a reliever for Stacy and a change-of-pace and third down back.
By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 1:49am EDT
Benny Cunningham had 5 carries for 21 yards (4.2 YPC) and 4 catches on 4 targets for 30 yards in the Rams' home opener against Minnesota.
Fantasy Impact: Cunningham's 51 yards from scrimmage matches lead back Zac Stacy's 51 yards. Cunningham looked the fresher, quicker runner, and was used more frequently in the passing game. With the defense not able to keep the Rams in the game, the Rams may have to turn to the passing game down the line, which in turn may give Cunningham some bye-week replacement value later on in the season.
By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Fri, Sep 5th 12:35pm EDT
Nick Wagoner advises that Rams' general manager Les Snead said on local radio this week that he expects the offense to go with the "hot hand" in a given week at running back. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Benny Cunningham will have fantasy value this year. Exactly how much remains to be seen. If you are a Zac Stacy owner, you need to handcuff him with Cunningham. If you're looking for a potential RB4 or RB5 to stash and hope, Cunningham looks to be an excellent choice. Simply put, he's threatening Stacy's potential RB1 ranking if Snead is to be believed, and what is fortunate is that he is likely to be available as a free agent in many leagues at this point.
By Brian Tesch, Rams Correspondent, Wed, Sep 3rd 10:29pm EDT
Benny Cunningham has been named the Rams #1 Kick Returner, and is also the #2 Halfback on the Rams depth chart. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Cunningham has come a very long way since entering the NFL as a UDFA from Middle Tennessee State. When he's had his chances to carry the ball, he's been very impressive, as he followed up his strong 2013 with a 5 yards per carry preseason. While he's no Dante Hall, Cunnigham is no slouch returning kickoffs, as 11 of his 13 2013 kick returns went for longer than 20 yards. Cunningham is the Zac Stacy handcuff to own, and is a priority waiver add should something happen to Stacy. This news has made him a late-round must-draft in return yardage leagues.
By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Fri, Aug 29th 12:30am EDT
Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch reports that Benny Cunningham has been the best Rams RB on the field this preseason and is pushing Zac Stacy for playing time. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fantasy Impact: With Sam Bradford gone for the season, the Rams will turn to their running back corps. Unlike last year, they may run more than one running back throughout the year to keep everyone fresh. Cunningham is virtually going undrafted in 12 team leagues and represents cheap insurance against the possibility of a Zac Stacy injury or benching.
RotoBaller | Oct 21st
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-team leagues or deeper Owned in 34% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: While Tre Mason is entirely the more talented back, Benny Cunningham is the better pass protector, and will find himself in the No. 2 role in this offense. It’s also the case that Cunningham is a better pass-catcher than Mason, as evidenced by […]
RotoBaller | Oct 8th
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: After much speculation that Benny Cunningham’s role in the Rams’ offense would increase he finally got his opportunity to show what he could do in week five when Zac Stacy went down with a calf injury. The former undrafted free agent who led the NFL with 5.6 yards […]
RotoBaller | Oct 7th
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues and monitor on Waiver Wire Owned in 28% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Benny Cunningham once again comes into the spotlight due to the calf injury that Zac Stacy suffered during week 5′s game. I wrote a sleeper post about Cunningham earlier in the season here, but he has […]
RotoBaller | Sep 2nd
BALLER MOVE: Target ~ 135 or waiver wire pickup (Current ADP: 177 or undrafted , RB: 72) ANALYSIS: Recent reports out of St. Louis camp indicate that the RB battle is really much closer than everyone had originally thought. That is because Benny Cunningham has completely outplayed Zac Stacy all through the preseason and even […]